Marie-José Pérec

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Marie-José Pérec (born May 9, 1968 Basse-Terre) is a French athlete, specialised in the 200 and 400 m, and a triple Olympic champion.

Pérec was World Champion in the 400 m in Tokyo and 400m champion at the Barcelona. Four years later she entered in the 200 m at the Olympics in Atlanta winning both events, achieving the 200/400 m double gold medal. She won the 400 m in the Olympic record time of 48.25 seconds.

In addition to the Olympic and World titles, Pérec also won the European Championship 400 m individual and 4x400 m relay titles in Helsinki in 1994.

The 1996 two Olympic titles were Pérec's last international titles. She did not compete in the 2000 Olympic games in Sydney. She claimed to have been harassed by the Australian press since her arrival in Sydney.[1]

Marie-José Pérec gave birth to her first baby, her son, on March 30, 2010.

Personal bests

  • Rankings outside the brackets are world rankings.
  • Rankings inside the brackets are European.
  • FR = French record
  • OR = Olympic record


External links

1948: Fanny Blankers-Koen (NED)  · 1952: Marjorie Jackson (AUS)  · 1956: Betty Cuthbert (AUS)  · 1960: Wilma Rudolph (USA)  · 1964: Edith McGuire (USA)  · 1968: Irena Szewińska (POL)  · 1972: Renate Stecher (GDR)  · 1976: Bärbel Eckert (GDR)  · 1980: Bärbel Eckert (GDR)  · 1984: Valerie Brisco-Hooks (USA)  · 1988: Florence Griffith-Joyner (USA)  · 1992 Gwen Torrence (USA)  · 1996: Marie-José Pérec (FRA)  · 2000: Pauline Davis-Thompson (BAH)  · 2004: Veronica Campbell (JAM)  · 2008: Veronica Campbell-Brown (JAM)

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